Tuesday, 25 April 2017 09:00
THURLOW NUNN CAMBRIDGE DIVISION ST NEOTS TOWN U18       3       ELY CITY U18       2 St Neots displayed their true championship credentials as they overturned a two goals deficit to snatch the most dramatic victory by the odd goal in five with a goal two minutes into added time.   The result rounded off an outstanding season for the side that had won both League and County Cup and preserved an unbeaten home record with eight wins and a draw in their nine matches.   Ely City arrived at the Premier Plus Stadium needing three points from their last two games to finish as runners-up in the league and they looked well on the way to achieving that objective when they led 2-0 after just 39 minutes.   Skilful use of their substitutes and a steely determination saw St Neots recover to record a victory that will put them in good heart for their ‘Champions League’ play off next week with St Ives Town who are champions of the Western Division of the Thurlow Nunn Youth League. Ely began in fine fettle and dominated much of the first 45 minutes with the home side looking unbalanced and ragged and rarely threatening the visiting goal.   From an early corner for the visitors Sean Calvey wasted a good chance heading over the bar and Dan Maund had a net-bound shot blocked.  Ely took the lead after20 minutes from a Charlie Tunnell free kick firmly headed past Evan Jeckells by visiting skipper Joe Brannon.  The visitors continued to dominate and six minutes before the break they doubled their lead with Ronan Kerr left unmarked at the far post taking full advantage.   St Neots’ best effort to that point had been an off-target effort by Ben Southwood but a minute before half time a corner was not cleared and Shae Humphrey forced the ball home in a goalmouth scramble. St Neots had to improve and compete better in the second half and the transformation came as four substitutes were introduced after the break.   Ely still created openings with Tom Thurlborn firing wide and Maund putting a free shot over the bar.  Gradually St Neots began to compete and skipper Erhan Nurettin shot wide when well placed.   The real turning point came when a 30 yards’ effort by Alfie Donkin was brilliantly tipped onto a post by visiting keeper Jake Alsop but this just boosted St Neots confidence and a Zac Rudman header from a corner just passed the wrong side of a post.   Substitute Kieran Waites saw a shot deflected just wide but St Neots persistence paid off with six minutes to go when Shae Humphrey levelled the scores with his second goal of the match from a Waites corner.   The winner came two minutes into added time when Waites took full advantage of an Ely defensive error to win the match. St Neots:  Jeckells, Chambers, Piesse, Donkin, Rudman, Riley, Humphrey, Nurettin, Southwood, Gooderham, Holman Subs used:  Taylor (L), Clarke (H), Beavis, Waites and Fulianty   Goals:  Humphrey 2 (44 and 84 mins), Waites (90 +2)                                                                    (John Walker)
Tuesday, 11 April 2017 09:01
  THURLOW NUNN YOUTH CHALLENGE CUP ST NEOTS TOWN U18       0       PETERBOROUGH NORTHERN STAR U18       0   (St Neots won 4-3 on penalties) Goalkeeper Evan Jeckells was the hero as he saved two penalty kicks in the sudden death shoot-out to propel St Neots U18 side into the next round of the Thurlow Nunn Youth Cup.  The evenly contested match had failed to produce a goal and so the penalties option was required to decide the winners and the keeper saved the second and fourth spot kicks to present Shae Humphrey with the opportunity to keep his nerve and fire home the final kick.  At one stage, it looked as if St Neots’ third big game in the space of eight days would be a test too far with four of Friday’s Cup winning side injured as they struggled in the early stages to find any real rhythm but in a solid second half they produced the bulk of the goal scoring chances and they thoroughly deserved their victory. St Neots did have an early chance when Jack Eldridge fired wide but the visitors hit back with Kian Meadows bringing a good save from Jeckells before Harry Catenach squandered a clear opening, firing wide after being set up by Jamie Scott.   Finishing seemed to be an issue for both sides as chances continued to sail wide of their target but it was the visiting side that finished the first half the better.   After 33 minutes Scott rounded his marker to fire in a low shot from an angle but Jeckells saved well and two minutes later the keeper was again in action fielding a rising shot from Niall Burnage. After the break, St Neots looked more composed and confident with a couple of substitutes introduced and in midfield Alfie Donkin began to dictate play for the home side.  Andre Williams showing plenty of pace on the right twice shot across the face of goal and visiting keeper Trent Stanley got down well to block an effort by Eldridge.   St Neots looked well in control as Erhan Nurettin shot narrowly over the bar and substitute Luke Taylor looked to be fouled in the area but the Referee waved away penalty appeals.   Stanley saved well from Ben Southwood whilst Owen Bevan and Williams had chances to put St Neots ahead.   They almost paid the price for missed chances when Jamie Scott was played clear of the St Neots defence by substitute Jordan Giddings but he shot wildly over the bar.   Both sides rang the changes towards the end with their substitutes but the match finished goalless.   The drama of the penalty shoot-out followed with Scott netting for the visitors and Andre Williams levelling.  Jeckells then saved from Bradlee Page and then successful conversions followed by Southwood (St Neots) and Catenach (PNS).   Stanley then saved Nurettin’s effort to level at 2-2.  Ellwood (PNS) and Luke Taylor (St Neots) scored and so it went down to the final two attempts.  When Jeckells guessed right to keep out a penalty by his opposite number Shae Humphrey blasted home the tenth penalty to win the game.   St Neots:  Jeckells, Chambers, Beavis, Waites, Rudman, Humphrey, Williams. Nurettin, Southwood, Eldridge, Bevan Subs used:  Taylor (L), Taylor (C), Clarke (H), Mason and Donkin Cards:  none Goals:  none Referee: Mark Newman   John Walker  
Saturday, 08 April 2017 10:42
HUNTINGDONSHIRE YOUTH (GAYTON CUP) CUP FINAL (at Eynesbury Rovers FC) ST NEOTS TOWN U18       2        ST IVES TOWN U18       1       St Neots’ Academy side picked up the Hunts Youth Cup for the first time since 2013 beating neighbours St Ives in a tightly fought Final.   Aiming to add this Trophy to their recently acquired Thurlow Nunn West Division title this was St Ives’ third time as runners-up since lifting the Trophy in 2004.   Still aiming for their domestic treble, St Neots need to win their last match to lift the Thurlow Nunn Cambridge Division title and they are still in the latter stages of the League Cup. The opening phase of the match was nervy with neither side showing much penetration but what the game lacked in attacking quality it more than compensated for with passion and commitment.   Erhan Nurettin saw the first goal bound effort deflected and Shae Humphrey sent a header wide from a corner but St Ives replied as Matt Wright broke clear only to be denied as Evan Jeckells dived bravely at his feet to smother.   The best first half move saw Andre Williams free Sam Piesse on the right but his angled shot was cleared off the line by Jamie Short with his keeper beaten.   Towards the end of the first half Andre Williams brought a good save from Tom Smith but put a second effort wide of the target. The second half was a more feisty affair with Jack Eldridge hooking over the bar after good work by Ben Southwood and after some sustained pressure St Neots took the lead on the hour as Alfie Donkin won the ball well in midfield to send Eldridge away on the left and his clever pull back found Ben Southwood at the far post and he rifled home.   This seemed to galvanise St Ives and they were unlucky not to level two minutes later when Tiago Dias beat Evan Jeckells dive but saw the ball clip the outside of the far post to be cleared.   After their best spell of the match St Ives levelled the scores twelve minutes from time when Wright was upended as he made for goal and from the resultant penalty award Tiago Dias sent the keeper the wrong way.   Now both sides went all out for a winner and this arrived just four minutes later when substitute Luke Taylor’s shot was blocked by a defender and Owen Bevan followed up to smash the ball into the roof of the net.   In the melee that followed the St Ives keeper appeared to push Bevan to the ground and the St Neots players’ retaliation earned him a red card with the keeper seeing yellow.   Down to ten men St Neots continued to look the better side and in added time Ben Southwood ballooned a good chance over the bar from a Williams cross and then took on the last two defenders before again shooting off target.   St Neots:  Jeckells, Collins, Piesse, Donkin, Clarke (I), Humphrey, Williams. Nurettin, Southwood, Bevan, Eldridge Subs used:  Taylor (L), Waites (not used) Chambers, Clarke (H) and Taylor (C) Cards:  Bevan (RED – 83), Eldridge (Y – 63), Humphrey (Y – 78), Clarke (Y – 80) Goals:  Southwood (60), Bevan (82)   St Ives:  Smith (T), Smith (E), Zoric, Short, Sheppeard, Polhos, Davidson, Lloyd, Wright, Dias, Anenou Subs used:  Saunders (not used) Kwiatowski, McFarlane, McDaid and Vaz Cards:  Dias (Y – 65), Saunders (Y – 66) Goals:  Dias – pen – (78)     John Walker
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 14:13
  Andy Davies steps down as Academy Manager       Andy Davies has notified the club that he intends to stand down as Academy Manger at the end of the season.  Andy has been instrumental in bringing the Academy set up together over the last three years and as such, we would like to go on record and thank Andy for all the hard work, time and energy he has put in.   Andy will remain as lead coach on the Football Scholarship Programme   We are currently in discussions with a number of possible candidates that we believe will help to take the Academy forward for next season and beyond.  
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 18:59
  Thurlow Nunn Cambridge Division HISTON U18        0        ST NEOTS TOWN U18       4          This was St Neots’ first league match since December having completed all but two of their games prior to Christmas.   However, it was a vital win over mid-table Histon because a victory in their last match at home to Ely on 25th April will guarantee them the League Championship for the first time.   If St Neots lose, then after other results only Newmarket can overhaul the young Saints but to do so they must win all four of their remaining matches.   This match was effectively won in the first fifteen minutes because the visitors produced a blistering start and were 3-0 up in that period.   After he had put his first effort on the roof of the net two minutes earlier Ben Southwood opened the scoring after five minutes when he met an Andre Williams cross at the far post.   Two minutes later the roles were reversed as Southwood fed Williams and his delightful lob over advancing home keeper Owen Peck doubled the lead.   Rampant St Neots then made it 3-0 following a Sam Piesse corner that was not cleared, Shae Humphrey netted through a packed penalty area.   After that the first half became a little scrappy with Histon defending well and St Neots struggling to find real quality in their approach.   The home side almost replied after 21 minutes but Evan Jeckells produced a fine save to deny Luke Sargent.   With a County Cup Final on their agenda just four days hence and a League Cup quarter Final next week, St Neots can be forgiven for taking their collective foot off the gas in the second half.   However, they continued to dominate possession after the break and a combination of careless finishing a good goalkeeping denied further goals for Southwood, Williams and Owen Bevan who shot over the bar from five yards.   Seven minutes from time the fourth goal came from a Williams right wing cross sliced past his goalkeeper by a Histon defender.   So now it is onward to potential Cup glory for the youngsters.       St Neots:  Jeckells, Riley, Piesse, Donkin, Clarke, Holloman, Williams. Nurettin, Southwood, Bevan, Humphrey   Subs used:  Taylor, Eldridge, Collins and Chambers.   Cards:  Southwood (Y – 44)   Goals:  Southwood, Williams,Humphrey and OG   John Walker  
Friday, 17 March 2017 21:22
  Open to all post 16 year old boys and girls     Awards:  Btec Level 2 , Btec Level 3 Extended National Diploma, A Levels English and Maths GCSE Re-sits available   For more academic information, please email Mike Bond at   \n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.         Educational Studies: Based on site at St Neots Town FC in our new Classroom Unit. A levels may be part delivered in the Longsands 6th form block. All delivered by SNLP Teachers (Longsands and Ernulf Academy)     Football Development Opportunities: UEFA A Licence Coaches, UEFA B Licence Coaches, First Team, Reserve Team, U18's and College League Teams. Full football development Programme.  The best shop window for your talents     Primary Schools Sports Support Programme: As part of our life skills enhancement programme you will also be offered the opportunity to participate in our Primary Schools Sports Support Programme   For more information please contact Iain Parr     Overview: Our elite Football/Sports Scholarship Programme offers a clear and structured development pathway through to League Football opportunities with the chance to develop as a coach,  gain coaching qualification and participate in our Primary School Sports support programme.  Our educational Package is full and extensive and is delivered by Qualified experienced Teaching staff from SNLP.     To register your interest, please fill out the Application Form below APPLICATION FORM   Contact Details: Call Iain Parr on 07970 851511 or via email \n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.       
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 19:46
Hunts U18 Cup Semi-Final GODMANCHESTER U18      1       ST NEOTS TOWN U18       3        (played at St Neots) St Neots U18’s won their way through to their third County Cup Final in the last seven years with a comfortable victory over visiting Godmanchester.   The match was switched to St Neots at the request of the opposition who struggled to impose themselves on the match.   The home side were below their best but never looked likely to lose and they now move on to face St Ives U18’s in the Cup Final at Eynesbury on 7th April. St Neots began well dominating much of the first half.   Ben Southwood brought a good save from visiting keeper Tom Brooks after six minutes and three minutes later Andre Williams saw his free kick rebound from a post with the keeper beaten.   However, within a minute St Neots were ahead as Sam Donkin threaded a cross ball past defenders to find Jack Eldridge and he outpaced his marker to open the scoring.   After 18 minutes, it was 2-0 as Ben Southwood netted from close range after a neat build up by Kieran Waites and Eldridge.   Little was seen of the visiting attack although Shae Humphrey headed off the line after a mistake by his goalkeeper.   Godmanchester’s best first half effort came four minutes before the break when the hardworking Michael Speed brought a good save from Evan Jeckells. After half time, St Neots became less positive seemingly happy to rest on their two goals advantage.   The match went through a scrappy period – the feature being the solidity of the St Neots defence marshalled by skipper Isaac Clarke.   Then after 65 minutes they received a wake-up call as Rowan Chapman was perfectly placed at the far post to convert Speed’s cross and give the visitors some hope.   However, St Neots responded swiftly with Sam Piesse testing Brooks with a well struck free kick and Williams shooting narrowly wide.   The clinching goal arrived ten minutes from time when man of the match Erhan Nurettin deservedly marked his performance with a sweetly struck shot from 25 yards that left Brooks anchored to the spot.   Godmanchester refused to give up and Speed had an effort cleared off the line late in the game.   St Neots:  Jeckells, Collins, Piesse, Donkin, Clarke, Humphrey, Eldridge, Waites, Southwood, Nurettin, Williams Subs used:  Bevan, Chambers, Taylor (C) and Taylor (L). Cards:  Southwood (Y – 55), Collins (Y – 63) Goals:  Eldridge (9 mins), Southwood (18 mins), Nurettin (80 mins)   John Walker
Tuesday, 11 October 2016 08:21
  Thurlow Nunn Cambridge Division ST NEOTS TOWN U18       4        ROYSTON TOWN U18      2   St Neots U18 side strengthened their lead at the top of the Cambridge Division of the Thurlow Nunn League with a remarkable victory over visiting Royston.   The result was remarkable because St Neots had to come back from behind in the first half and was reduced to ten men on the stroke of half time.   They then went behind a second time after the break but scored three goals in a seven minutes’ spell to claim all three points.    Their goals came from substitute Luke Taylor and Zac Rudman who both scored twice – defender Rudman on the score sheet for the first time since November 2015 – his only goal last season!   The visitors took a surprise lead with a harshly awarded penalty kick after just eight minutes when Manny Loye taking on the St Neots defence collided with goalkeeper Evan Jeckells and the Referee pointed to the spot with Sean Koya converting.   St Neots seemed unfazed by this setback and laid siege to the Royston goal and were on terms just four minutes later when a Ben Southwood corner was not cleared and Zac Rudman netted from close range.   That goal set the pattern for the first half with St Neots dominating but Jordan Clinton wasted their best chance firing over the bar from six yards.   Visiting keeper Ben Dolman was in fine form frustrating the home side with good saved to deny Clinton and Andre Williams and the visitors survived until the break.   Three minutes into first half added time Erhan Nurettin was sent off for allegedly aiming a remark towards an Assistant Referee.   The ten men came out playing positive attacking football after the break and both Williams and Southwood forced fine saves from Dolman.   Then against the run of play after 70 minutes the visitors were ahead again as Lewis Norman took advantage of slack defending.  However, with all their substitutes utilised St Neots were not to be denied and with fifteen minutes remaining substitute Luke Taylor got on the end of a Southwood free kick to level the scores.   Six minutes later St Neots were ahead for the first time in the match when Zac Rudman was on the end of another Southwood delivery and a minute later Luke Taylor netted after a great run by Williams.   It was a thoroughly deserved victory in the face of adversity.   St Neots Town:  Jeckells, Collins, Heywood, Donkin, Rudman, Riley, Callum Taylor, Nurettin, Williams, Clinton, Southwood   Subs used:  Gooderham, Clarke, Luke Taylor, Hutchings, Humphrey.   Cards:  Nurettin (RED – 45+3), Rudman (Y – 16)   Goals:  Luke Taylor (2), Rudman (2)   John Walker  
Tuesday, 23 August 2016 14:33
  Thurlow Nunn Cambridge Division   ST NEOTS TOWN U18       3        NEWMARKET U18      2   St Neots U18 side preserved their 100% start to the season in the most dramatic way when they claimed a winning goal in time added after an incident packed second half.  Their visitors Newmarket U18’s had enjoyed a good campaign last season finishing third in the table one point and one place above their hosts and arrived at the Premier Plus stadium with a victory in their only other completed match this season.   Having dominated much of the first half without turning their superior possession into goals, St Neots looked to have tossed away their chances of victory as they carelessly conceded two goals early in the second half.   However, their spirited reply brought its reward and all three points.   In the first ten minutes of the match the home side created four good chances with Erhan Nurettin volleying over the bar when well placed, Ben Southwood and Andre Williams bringing smart saves from visiting keeper Oliver Froud and then Claudio Ofosu seeing his effort pushed for a corner.   Newmarket’s first effort on goal came just before the 20 minutes’ mark when the unmarked Alastair Conway completely misjudged a header from an Ethan Murphy cross and Evan Jeckells saved comfortably.  Ofosu went off feeling unwell and St Neots lost some of their attacking impetus allowing the visitors to come into the match and the first half finished goalless.   Half time substitutions saw the introduction of the lively Luke Taylor who went close with an early effort and then Shae Humphrey went clear but Froud left his line to smother the shot.   St Neots were now dictating play but in a three minutes’ spell around the hour the match took a dramatic turn-about.   After 59 minutes’ skipper Isaac Clark dwelt on a clearance and was dispossessed by Jordan Finnergan who went on to open the scoring for the visitors and worse was to follow three minutes later when Owen Bevan carelessly brought down Samuel Chapman and Alastair Conway confidently rapped home the penalty to give Newmarket a surprise 2-0 lead.   However straight from the restart Luke Taylor netted from close range to put St Neots back in the match.   Nine minutes from time Froud conceded a corner at the feet of Williams and from the corner Luke Taylor levelled the scores.   In time added Froud failed to collect a cross and Shae Humphrey took advantage claiming the unlikely winning goal.   St Neots:  Jeckells, Chambers,Riley, Donkin, Rudman, Clarke, Humphrey, Ofosu, Nurettin, Williams, Humphrey, Southwood.   Subs used:  Taylor (C), Taylor (L), Dixon, Waites and Bevan   Cards:  none   Goals:  Taylor (L) (2), Humphrey   John Walker  
Thursday, 09 June 2016 19:43
Here at St Neots Town FC we are very mindful that not all Football Scholars want to remain in full time education so with this in mind we have added two additional pathways that will sit comfortably alongside our current excellent fulltime Football Scholarship Programme. Save
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